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Getting Started with
Altmetrics: A Researcher’s
Guide
Altmetric Scholastica
@altmetric
www.altmetric.com
@scholasticahq
sc...
I am here because
I love to give
presentations.
You can find me
at:
@username
For more tips on how you
can start using alt...
1.
What are altmetrics?
Digging into altmetrics data
“Altmetrics expand our view of what
impact looks like, but also of what’s
making the impact. This matters
because expressi...
Almetrics:
Altmetrics capture the online engagement relating to
individual research outputs, enabling users to understand
...
Examples of altmetrics
include:
▷ References to research in news and other
online outlets
▷ Shares of research on social m...
Altmetrics show attention
How research is being found, shared, and
used in and outside of academia
Early indicators
Altmetrics show
early signs of
potential research
impacts long before
citations, which can
take months or...
What altmetrics are not:
Altmetrics are not indicative of research quality. As with
bibliometric indicators, the cause of ...
2.
Why should I care?
Who’s talking about your research?
Altmetrics show who’s talking
about your research, and what
they’re saying
Be quickly alerted to any misinterpretation or
...
Funding and job applications
Showcasing altmetrics insights alongside citation
counts, face to face interviews, economic m...
Build your reputation
See who is talking about your work and what they’re saying -
make sure they’re not misinterpreting o...
Feedback on the results
of your outreach
Altmetrics provide real-time and
immediate feedback on the amount
of attention yo...
Uncover new
research and future
collaborators
‘Being able to see who is taking
an active interest in research in
any given...
Make informed publishing
decisions
Identify journals that are effective at making your research
visible and that engage wi...
3.
How do I get started?
And what tools should I use?
Install the free Altmetric bookmarklet in your browser
to see a summary of the online attention of any article
with a uniq...
Many publishers embed the Altmetric badge -
sometimes on a ‘metrics’ tab. Click on the badge
to view all of the attention.
Dig into the data!
1. Identify who’s
talking about your
work and that of
peers.
2. Think about the
aims of your work:
Who ...
Put it into context
Remember altmetrics are more than just numbers! They don’t
tell the whole story. You may need to look ...
Any questions?
You can find us at:
@altmetric
@scholasticahq
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Getting Started with Altmetrics: A Researcher's Guide

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Altmetrics, a type of alternative impact indicator, are real-time research insights that enable scholars to show a more holistic picture of how their work is being found, shared, and referenced online beyond traditional bibliometric citations. This slideshow, co-produced by Scholastica and Altmetric, offers a quick overview of how to start using altmetrics to track the broader impacts of your scholarly works.

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Getting Started with Altmetrics: A Researcher's Guide

  1. 1. Getting Started with Altmetrics: A Researcher’s Guide Altmetric Scholastica @altmetric www.altmetric.com @scholasticahq scholasticahq.com
  2. 2. I am here because I love to give presentations. You can find me at: @username For more tips on how you can start using altmetrics check out: The Evolution of Impact Indicators: From bibliomentrics to altmetrics www.scholasticahq.com/altmetrics-the-evolution-of-impact-indicators
  3. 3. 1. What are altmetrics? Digging into altmetrics data
  4. 4. “Altmetrics expand our view of what impact looks like, but also of what’s making the impact. This matters because expressions of scholarship are becoming more diverse. altmetrics: a manifesto
  5. 5. Almetrics: Altmetrics capture the online engagement relating to individual research outputs, enabling users to understand how scholarship is being found, shared, and discussed.
  6. 6. Examples of altmetrics include: ▷ References to research in news and other online outlets ▷ Shares of research on social media ▷ Use of research in public policy ▷ Research mentions in post-publication peer review forums
  7. 7. Altmetrics show attention How research is being found, shared, and used in and outside of academia
  8. 8. Early indicators Altmetrics show early signs of potential research impacts long before citations, which can take months or years to accrue. Altmetrics complement traditional bibliometric citations Real-time insights The engagement captured by altmetrics is tracked as it occurs — authors don’t have to wait for a score to be released, like for the Impact Factor.
  9. 9. What altmetrics are not: Altmetrics are not indicative of research quality. As with bibliometric indicators, the cause of a lot of attention can sometimes be linked to article endorsements or references to errors.
  10. 10. 2. Why should I care? Who’s talking about your research?
  11. 11. Altmetrics show who’s talking about your research, and what they’re saying Be quickly alerted to any misinterpretation or misuse of your research, and have the opportunity to respond directly to the source
  12. 12. Funding and job applications Showcasing altmetrics insights alongside citation counts, face to face interviews, economic measures or other examples of engagement and broader impacts can highlight the full picture of your research. Using altmetrics to take the next step in your career
  13. 13. Build your reputation See who is talking about your work and what they’re saying - make sure they’re not misinterpreting or misrepresenting results. Grow your professional network by engaging with others discussing work in your field online.
  14. 14. Feedback on the results of your outreach Altmetrics provide real-time and immediate feedback on the amount of attention your work has received, making it easy to monitor the effects of any promotional activity.
  15. 15. Uncover new research and future collaborators ‘Being able to see who is taking an active interest in research in any given field can also be a useful channel for identifying potential new collaborators, or new communities to engage with.’
  16. 16. Make informed publishing decisions Identify journals that are effective at making your research visible and that engage with their audiences. Many publishers are happy to help amplify your own outreach efforts.
  17. 17. 3. How do I get started? And what tools should I use?
  18. 18. Install the free Altmetric bookmarklet in your browser to see a summary of the online attention of any article with a unique identifier.
  19. 19. Many publishers embed the Altmetric badge - sometimes on a ‘metrics’ tab. Click on the badge to view all of the attention.
  20. 20. Dig into the data! 1. Identify who’s talking about your work and that of peers. 2. Think about the aims of your work: Who do you want to see it, what would the ideal outcome be? 3. Look for ways to engage Using social media, blogs, websites and much more.
  21. 21. Put it into context Remember altmetrics are more than just numbers! They don’t tell the whole story. You may need to look further into the data to understand where and why something is receiving attention.
  22. 22. Any questions? You can find us at: @altmetric @scholasticahq

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